Zocor Dangerous In High Doses, FDA Warns

Law360, New York (June 9, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that use of the highest-approved dose of Zocor carries an elevated risk of muscle injury, recommending that no new patients take the Merck & Co. Inc. cholesterol-lowering drug in that amount.

Only those patients who have taken Zocor or its generic form, simvastatin, for a year or more and have not experienced muscle toxicity should continue taking 80-milligram doses, the agency said in a statement.

Use of the drug at the dosage can lead to myopathy, a muscular...
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